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Does anyone remember the names of songs you learned in elementary school? I went to Catholic school so we sang a lot of church songs. I am trying to think of some names of folk songs or kids songs and can't really come up with any. I know I learned some good ones during sing-alongs at camp but can't come up with any of the titles right now.

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beccak1961
Aug. 2nd, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
Michael row the boat ashore

I have the joy joy joy joy down in my heart (where?)

kumbyeya(sp?) I can't even get close enough to google it kume-by-yah

and then my brain died and I couldn't remember any more:)

silverdee
Aug. 2nd, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)
Those are good ones. I was drawing a complete blank. Thanks!
earlgreyhot
Aug. 2nd, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
My ship sailed from China with a cargo of tea,
A-laden with treasures for you and for me,
It brought me a ______, just imagine my bliss
As I _________ with it, like this, like this, like this (do the action of whatever it is)

Then the list of what it brought gets longer and longer - each time the next person says what it brought and then you repeat the list of everything, till everyone starts to forget what the order was :)
silverdee
Aug. 2nd, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that one but I really like it. Thanks!
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silverdee
Aug. 3rd, 2005 06:39 am (UTC)
See. The memories are now coming back. I was drawing a blank last night. Thanks!
phoenix_anew
Aug. 3rd, 2005 06:19 am (UTC)
Does "Little Rabbit Foo Foo" count? Itsy Bitsy Spider.. I guess those might be more like preschool songs. Depends on what age group you're looking for.
silverdee
Aug. 3rd, 2005 06:40 am (UTC)
I had totally forgotten about "Little Rabbit Foo Foo". That's a great one.
phoenix_anew
Aug. 3rd, 2005 07:32 am (UTC)
My mom used to sing it to me when I was little, with hand motions and all. Probably one of my favorite memories of childhood. :)
gypsy_teacher
Aug. 3rd, 2005 09:21 am (UTC)
I learned...

"The Fifty Nifty United States" (recites them all in order)
"Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog" (our music teacher had a rat-tailed haircut)
Various songs from The Muppet Movie
...And LOTS of songs I learned at camp, including "1814," "Pink Pajamas," and the one that turned the Shel Silverstein poem about a snake into a song ("Oh dread, it swallowed my mmmph!")
silverdee
Aug. 3rd, 2005 11:37 am (UTC)
I've never heard The Fifty Nifty one but looked it up and Ray Charles sang a version of it. I will be checking that one out and Pink Pajamas sounds fun, too. Thanks for your suggestions!
gypsy_teacher
Aug. 3rd, 2005 12:07 pm (UTC)
Pink PJs goes to the tune of the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

I wear my pink pajamas in the summer when it's hot,
And I wear my woolen undies in the winter when it's not.
And sometimes in the springtime, and sometimes in the fall,
I jump between the covers with nothing on at all! WHOO!
That's the way they do in Utah,
Arizona and Nevada,
California and Hawaii....


...and I forgot the last line. Or even if there are more verses.
silverdee
Aug. 3rd, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC)
That is my new favorite especially since it's to the Battle Hymn. I'll be singing that one to my niece this weekend because she loves pink!
weelisa
Aug. 4th, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC)
These weren't songs we learned in school - they were, rather, songs we picked up on the playground. I don't know if we knew the same songs, but here are a few we used to sing:

Picture a Cowboy
All Dressed in Red
Fell off his saddle,
bashed in his head
blood on the saddle
blood on the ground
big blobs of blood all over the ground
**such a sweet song**

Also, "I'm Henry the Eighth, I am" (an old English music hall ditty, I believe)

Not last night,
but the night before
24 robbers came to my door
and this is what they said to me
Lady turn around, turn around, turn around
Lady hit the ground, hit the ground, hit the ground...

"Won't you come home, Bill Bailey"

"Kookabear-a (Kookabear-a sits on the old oak tree, eating all the gumdrops he can see...)"

"Jimmy Crack Corn, and I don't care"

And one of my favorites, which I learned from our Scottish neighbours:

I love a lassie
A bonny, bonny lassie
she's a thin as the wallpaper on the wall
she's got corns and bunions
as big as Spanish Onions
and I met her at the garbage pickers ball

I'm really fascinated by how children come up with these songs - no adult taught us that I can remember. It seemed to be very spontaneous - quite weird, really...
silverdee
Aug. 5th, 2005 06:46 am (UTC)
Hey stranger! Welcome back.
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